While the Sonoma Overlook trail winds uphill with a considerable change in elevation, there are plenty of gently sloped switchbacks which make the climb easy for anyone.

The trailhead is adjacent to the entrance to the Sonoma Mountain Cemetery at the end of 1st Street West, just north of the Sonoma Plaza.

It's well marked, and there's a kiosk with trail maps and information.

Make sure you pick up a brochure to take with you on your hike so you can learn about the plants and animals that live in the area.

The round trip is approximately three miles, although shorter hikes are possible.

We love to visit the Sonoma Valley, especially during the fall.

The weather's usually great, and it's a fun Wine Country destination for families, with family-friendly wineries, historic sites, and more.

If you're up for an easy hike with the kids while you're there, check out the Sonoma Overlook Trail in the north end of town.

With sweeping views of Sonoma Valley and interesting things to see along the way, it's well worth seeking out.

You'll find numerous memorial benches along the trail; they're a great excuse to take a break, have a drink of water and snack, and take in the surroundings.

The trail is an out-and-back affair with a short loop at the very top of hill.

You can make this into a shorter loop hike by picking up the well-marked Toyon Trail just before the last switchback, and following it downhill.